I truly had no intention of doing any sort of review on this or any other episode of Game of Thrones. I have a great number of comparative essays planned for ASOIAF, but for episode reviews, I truly have no time, and I mean that in the most straightforward/direct way possible. It’s not that it isn’t worthy my time; it’s that I literally have no time. However…after seeing Season 5’s first offering and watching a few videos of my favorite YouTube theorists, I feel the need to air my thoughts.
It was this video by Bar De-Porto that did it, because I found I agreed with nearly everything she said.
If you are an ASOIAF/GoT fan I would highly recommend you subscribe to her. Some of her insights are downright miraculous, and I would also recommend
- CharlieIinWesteros – spoiler free reviews mostly that nonetheless get to the heart of the matter.
- James Johnson – this is meant as no offense to any of the other ASOIAF/GOT theorists, but James and his mom LaDonna have the best in depth and brilliant analysis of the narrative I have ever seen. They dig deep, deep down to divine the sources of Martin’s machinations, and while their theories may seem outlandish, they have support for it, and they know how to argue. I have spent countless hours on their channel, watching and re-watching, and they are the main inspiration for the essays I want to write. Their examinations of ASOIAF made me realize that something else (more than likely) inadvertently shares the same tropes and paradigms. Watch them. Your time will not be wasted.
- Tony Teflon – the Don does not mess around. His videos tend to be short, sweet, and to the point. He has a series of them called “Breaker of Lies” where he proceeds to knock down some of the more out there of theories.
- Preston Jacobs
- Maester Payne
- Alt Shit X
I had to get the shout outs out of the way because I wouldn’t have half my insights about ASOIAF without the foundation of those above and others to stand on (ironic wording I know), but now that that’s finished, let’s get to the business.